Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Eliza A Faulkner {Gen 4}

It started, as good quests always do, with a family tale.

Eliza A Faulkner (Samuel, Robert, Samuel, William) was born in Wayne Co, New York June 21st 1845, to parents Samuel Faulkner and Elizabeth Ann Lyons.

Eliza married (1) William Shepherdson (1825-1906) about 1864 most likely in Wayne Co, New York, but possibly in Decatur Co, Indiana. She married (2) Ezra Nay (1842-1914) February 14th 1909 in Marion, Indiana.

Eliza and William had at least four children: all born in Decatur Co, Indiana

  • Mary Shepherdson b. 28 Jul 1865 d. 24 Apr 1946 m. Z Taylor Stephens no issue
  • Emanuel Shepherdson b. 31 Aug 1867 d. 15 Nov 1916 m. Rhoda A Speece
  • Frank Shepherdson b. 6 Nov 1872 d. 17 Aug 1911 m. (1) Cora Biddle (2) Jessie R Madison
  • Leonard Shepherdson b. 23 Jan 1880 d. 22 Aug 1908 never married

Eliza and her family removed to Decatur Co, Indiana from their home in Wayne Co, New York shortly after the deaths of Eliza's brother, father and brother-in-law in several battles of the Civil War. Her grandparents had removed to Indiana 15 years earlier.

Eliza may have met William in Indiana or she may have know him from New York, regardless the children were all born in Decatur Co, Indiana where the couple made their home.

William was twenty years Eliza's senior. He was a house carpenter by trade. By 1900 the couple had divorced. William Shepherdson died April 4th 1906 and is buried in South Park Cemetery in Decatur Co, Indiana.

Eliza remarried in 1909 Ezra Nay and the couple lived in Edgar Co, Illinois until Ezra's death in 1914.

Eliza returned to Indiana and was living with her daughter Mary Stephens at the time of her death. Eliza A Faulkner Shepherdson Nay died on November 6th 1921 and is buried in the South Park Cemetery in Decatur Co, Indiana.

Eliza's death certificate lists William Faulkner as her father, the informant was her daughter Mary who was born after her grandfather died. The correct given name of Eliza's father is Samuel.

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